PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
The Buffalo Sabres have a new coach, but the result was the same Thursday night. (NBC Sports)
23-year-old New Jersey Devils prospect Mattias Tedenby remains in the hospital a week after his face was sliced by a skate blade during an AHL contest. (New Jersey Online)
New York Islanders defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit disagree on whether the team’s struggling with the man advantage. (New York Newsday)
The 5-7-3 Calgary Flames made a few roster changes on Thursday. Among other things, they have summoned 23-year-old forward Akim Aliu. They might also get Sven Baertschi (hip flexor) back on Saturday. (Calgary Sun)
The Anaheim Ducks are enjoying a rare five-day gap in their schedule, so they’re holding a mini-training camp. On Thursday they had over an hour of skating so intense that it made Teemu Selanne feel his age — and then some. (Orange County Register)
Edmonton Oilers forward Lennart Petrell (head) might return on Saturday. (Edmonton Journal)
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has handed 19-year-old Ross Johnston a 15-game suspension for his two-handed swing of his stick that resulted in 17-year-old QMJHL rookie Brian Lovell suffering a broken jaw. (Calgary Sun)
A look at the evolution of 25-year-old James Neal and what he’s meant to a Pittsburgh Penguins team that already had some major stars prior to his arrival. (Penguins.nhl.com)
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?